Kelsey Crews is a senior at Buford High School. Kelsey was born and raised in Gainesville, but she said she has grown up in Buford. She began attending Buford in the third grade at Buford Academy. Kelsey is the second of three children of Mike and Jennifer Crews. Her older brother Bailey is 20 and a graduate of BHS. He is currently a junior in college at Kennesaw State University. Kelsey’s younger sister Caitlyn is 14 and a freshman at BHS. Her mother, Jennifer, is a teacher at Buford Elementary School.
Kelsey is a busy student, balancing her time between school, sports and extracurriculars. Growing up, she played soccer for about 10 years, even playing in her first couple years of high school. However, she was forced to give up the sport in her junior year due to an injury that would have worsened had she continued to play. Kelsey also began running cross country while in middle school. She has run cross country at Buford for the past six years, and during this past season she was an important part of the team that competed at the state competition in November. Kelsey’s performances in her races over the years and at state have earned her an athletic letter in cross country.
In her free time, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Her favorite activities include playing on the lake, hiking scenic trails, playing board games and watching movies with the people she loves. Additionally, Kelsey works most nights at a dog kennel, where she has worked for almost two years. At the kennel, her love of dogs helps her to care for and play with the dogs in the kennel’s day care and overnight kennels.
Even with her busy schedule with athletics and work, Kelsey still manages to maintain a high level of academic success, as she has a 4.0 unweighted GPA. In her junior and senior years, she has continued her academic success while dual enrolled in AP and honors classes at BHS and college courses at the University of North Georgia. Kelsey’s favorite subject in school is history and social studies. She said she has always found it interesting to learn about the world and how it was before her, and she loves to study and learn about other cultures all across the world. One of Kelsey’s favorite classes she has ever taken was a United States history class at UNG that detailed the early structure of American government. She enjoyed that the class specifically focused on the corruption and the problems of the early American political system.
Kelsey’s favorite teacher at Buford High School is Mrs. MacAdam, who teaches 11th-grade math, and she was Kelsey’s teacher for honors pre-calculus last year. Mrs. MacAdam loves dogs just as much as Kelsey, and she always loves when Kelsey shows her pictures from the dog kennel where she works. Mrs. MacAdam is also a great teacher, and she always makes sure to make her classes fun while still helping students push themselves to do their best and achieve their goals.
After she graduates from Buford in the spring, Kelsey plans to attend Kennesaw State University to major in psychology. Kelsey hopes to use a degree in psychology to move on to work with children. She is still unsure what exact job she wants to pursue, but she would love to study psychology and to be able to work with kids and help them work through tough times in their young lives.
— Torin Smith